If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home

If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home

by Lucy Worsley

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If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home by Lucy Worsley

From the Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces and BBC Television series including Lucy Worsley: Mozart's London Odyssey and Six Wives with Lucy Worsley, available on Netflix.

“Worsley is a thoughtful, charming, often hilarious guide to life as it was lived, from the mundane to the esoteric.” -The Boston Globe

Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? When were the two “dirty centuries”? Why, for centuries, did rich people fear fruit?

In her brilliantly and creatively researched book, Lucy Worsley takes us through the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen, covering the history of each room and exploring what people actually did in bed, in the bath, at the table, and at the stove-from sauce stirring to breast-feeding, teeth cleaning to masturbating, getting dressed to getting married-providing a compelling account of how the four rooms of the home have evolved from medieval times to today, charting revolutionary changes in society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620402351
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 620,978
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lucy Worsley is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace State Apartments, the Banqueting House in Whitehall, and Kew Palace in Kew Gardens. The author of The Courtiers: Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace and Cavalier: A Tale of Chivalry, Passion, and Great Houses, and My Name is Victoria, a novel for young readers, she lives in London.

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"Who could not be enthralled by the history of toilet paper? Anyone who lives in a home with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom will delight in reading this history of the development of home life." —-Kirkus Starred Review

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If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book isn't intended to be a scholarly dissertation on the history of living. Instead, it is a enjoyable amble through the rooms that we all still occupy today. As such, I had a great time reading the trivia of days gone by. Good read! Now I'm off to watch the BBC television version that's still offered its website...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very interesting and informative. I do not understand why it does not have a higher rating. It is well organized and filled with historical tidbits. There is also a photo collection at the end that is also referenced with links throughout the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is poorly written. The chapters need structural overhauls as the points jump around without a clear line of development in the chapter or in the paragraphs. Even more distressing, this book contains historical inaccuracies. I wish the author had done some research rather than pepper each chapter with random anecdotes, some of which are not accurate. The chapters do not contain footnotes!! The author does not cite her sources!!
Sophy0075 More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book, given the employment position of its author. If one knew absolutely nothing about the history of the development of the modern house, it would be passable; however, a cursory Google search on "history kitchen" or of any other room in a modern home would yield as much, if not more, information, fairly quickly. Ms Worsley also had an annoying habit of attempting to make a joke at the end of each chapter - a joke that, to my mind, fell flat and often was colored by her political beliefs and opinions. Frankly, the book read like a tv script. Not surprising, I guess, because the BBC produced the tv series with Ms Worsley as the announcer before she set fingers to computer typewriter. Only get this book if it is free.
Sarjevane More than 1 year ago
Each chapter is about a specific subject about the home, which makes it very organized. However, the insertion of the author's comments on modern life disrupts the reading and push one to question the historical quality of the book. Overall, it was entertaining and I learned a few things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got through about half and didn't find it worth finishing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Total wadte of time, money and nook space. Minus stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating history of how "Home" has evolved. I enjoyed the walk through time, room by room as each family member would have experienced day to day routine.
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This book is advertised at $3.99 but when i go to purchase it B&N is charging $9.49. Both a great deal but very misleading.
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